Legislation Updates

We recently posted about the Serious Incident Response Scheme (Scheme) and the important aspects that Approved Providers should keep in mind. The Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Bill 2020 has now passed both houses of parliament and is awaiting assent. Approved Providers should be aware that the Scheme will […]

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New RV Regulations (New Regulations) have been made following the commencement of the Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2020 (NSW) on 1 January 2021 (outlined in a previous blog). The New Regulations are: Retirement Villages Amendment (Exit Entitlement) Regulation 2021 (NSW), from 4 February 2021; and Retirement Villages Amendment (Asset Management Plans) Regulation 2021 (NSW), from […]

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Recent changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) registration rules now require residential aged care (RAC) providers supporting people with disability, to register under the NDIS and comply with both the NDIS and the aged care regulations from 1 December 2020. ¬†Transition relief is being applied to allow RAC providers to prepare for the […]

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The Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Bill (SIRS) is proposed to commence on 1 April 2021. The Bill implements key recommendations proposed by the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on elder abuse. From 1 April 2021, subject to the Bill being passed by Parliament, residential aged care providers must […]

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There have been a number of recent changes to the rules and directives which have been in place across Australia’s States and Territories in response to COVID-19. Most of these changes see a relaxing of the relevant restrictions due to the low number of COVID-19 cases nationally. Industry code for visiting residential aged care facilities […]

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The Retirement Villages Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill) was passed by the NSW Parliament on 11 November 2020. We outlined the new exit entitlement orders, aged care rule and 42 day cap on general services charges as they were introduced in the first print of the Bill here. Key amendments have since been agreed by both […]

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Queensland Aged Care Direction (No.13) (Aged Care Direction) came into force yesterday, effective from 1am on 3 November 2020. The Aged Care Direction supersedes the previous direction made on 16 October 2020. We summarise the key changes below. Border zone The border zone that was in place allowing movement between certain areas along Queensland’s border […]

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Mandatory buyback rules are under review across a number of states in Australia. In this blog we provide an update for retirement village operators on the status of buyback schemes in New South Wales, Queensland and ¬†Western Australia. New South Wales The Retirement Villages Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill) is currently being considered by the NSW […]

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In our last blog on 26 June, we summarised the changes to the State and Territory aged care Directives in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Since our last update: there has been a significant outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria and now, to a lesser extent, in New South […]

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Since our last blog post, there have been several updates to accommodate the changing circumstances around COVID-19. These changes vary between different States and Territories. The changes are largely consistent with a recent statement by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) which issued an update on 19 June 2020 to their advice for aged […]

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